William Smith, 14th C.V.I., January 31, 1863


William Smith, 14th C.V.I., January 31, 1863


United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Sources
United States. Army--Pay, allowances, etc.
United States. Army. Connecticut Infantry Regiment, 14th (1862-1865)


William Smith writes to his wife of his difficulty of getting paid and his attempts to get her the money she needs.




Falmouth January 31
My Dear wife I received your letter
on they 30th and was sorey to hear that
they children was sick but it must be
a hard job for you allone it makes
me feel bad that I cannot send you
some money we expicted to be paid
Every day last week but we see no
sines of it yet but I hope we will
get it pretty soon I wish you would
send me they date of they month
when you rite to me so then I can
tell when you get my letters they
last letter you sent me it got missed
with they 130th Penselvenie Redgment
so one of they boys fetched it to
me when I got it I cominced Riting
to you and then I had to go on
picket do you think that I will
have to serve soldgering 3 years
if I do it twill be they longest
3 years I have Ever served if
Ever I have to serve 3 years
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I would rather serve 3 years in
States Prison my dear wife I canot
rite you a long letter know for I
have to get ready for Picket know
I must tell you that we have
Had a snow storim so I juess
we shall not move rite away
we are in they same place
yet keep up good courage
it tiss hard but I cannot
help it if you could get
that 10 dolors from david
it twould help you some
and I can pay lewis bailey
when I get my pay I do
not know what to do it
tiss small pay enough for us
and to be paid once in 3
months gorge hubbard is well
give my love to father and
family and all enquiring
frends not forgetting my young
ones I hope god will spare
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they children and you until we
meet once more excuse my short
letter know for I am in a hurey
from your loving husband
William D Smith
Good boy
Stand they storm I hope it
twill not be long until they
children is better how is William
Maitland you never mentioned
his name in your last letter
I want to say more to you
but I canot you keep up good courage
I am well rite soon
good boy
Mary An
Maggey Jane
Yours W D Smith

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